Oops, first published this as Week 5 but that was last week!
Another week of blistering ridiculousness and falsehoods prated as fact. A groundswell of people is rising up and confronting their elected officials, if they are lucky enough that the official shows up, to demand their healthcare coverage not be legislated away.
Breathe, detach with love, put your feet where your heart is. And then you realize, as powerless as you feel, that maybe it IS your circus after all.
Lucy. I love Lucy, and always have. As a therapist I’ve often prescribed watching “I Love Lucy” reruns for depression and anxiety. And this cute graphic reminds us that as crazy as the carnival called Washington has become, those lawmakers are our monkeys. So if you have the opportunity to attend a town hall and advocate for what matters to you, please do. [And thus ends our lesson for today.]
So, how about some diversion? These 3-D sculptures are amazing and only bloom through the magic of strobing.
And there are some totally amazing people out there. Here’s a feature about a girl named Taylor Richardson who became inspired to become an astronaut by watching the movie “Hidden Figures” and set up a GoFundMe account so other girls could see it too. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is crucial for our collective survival, and yes, girls belong in STEM!
View story at Medium.com
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast (attributed to William Congreve). And while I love a good rollicking beat, this song is more solemn, which seems to be what we need this week, and it is exquisitely rendered a capella by Pentatonix.
And today this is my practice
Howdy, ya’ll. Well, we’ve made it through another week of crazy news and stressful circumstances, so here’s what I’ve been noting down this week for you to enjoy or learn from.
First you might be interested in the latest from Martin & Company. Back in the 70s I knew a guy who worked there, and he told me employees got to make their own guitar.
Now, did you know that President Barack Obama published three (3) scholarly articles in esteemed journals this month alone? Me neither, and I’ve scanned them, and they’re pretty impressive. No other sitting president has done this, I believe. Boy, do I miss him!
It looks like any official efforts by the United States to stem climate change aren’t going to happen in the next four years, but as I posted last week, Forbes Magazine published this great article telling us what each of us can do, so let’s do our part. By the way, check out how many scientists have decided to run for office since January 20, 2017. Cool, right?
Photo by Troy Dillard, courtesy of Lion’s Roar
As a Buddhist, I am very grateful that my people turned out in women’s marches all over the world last Saturday. Check this out. That’s the very cool abbot Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara of the Village Zendo in the pussy hat, which you’ll see when you scroll through the article.
And I want to leave you with your feet tapping and your heart soaring so let’s hear it for the indomitable Carole King who re-released this for the Women’s March she attended in the Northern Tier. She offers this song, “One Small Voice” to us all free to stream and download.
What will become of our beloved planet now that responsible oversight may have begun to lapse? Apparently all references to climate change and our nation’s extensive plans to combat it have been scrubbed from the whitehouse.gov website, as detailed in The New York Times.
What can you and I do ourselves to oversee it and make positive change on our own collective behalf? I was pleased to see this article in Forbes today giving 9 concrete steps each of us can do right now.
Here’s Neil Young singing about “Mother nature on the run in the twenty-first century” in After the Gold Rush.
For The Daily Post
As as a vegan I have long wished for a non-dairy kefir, and now we have one, sweetened with stevia, non-GMO, organic, made with coconut water and much lower in calories than regular dairy kefir. Visit the website to find a store near you. I checked, and I can find it in a number of stores within an easy walk from my office, and even in markets near my rural home. How cool is that?
If you’d like to know why probiotics are so important to our health, I recommend this blog http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/11/18/prebiotics-probiotics/.
I bought a bottle today, and it’s very good. It’s slightly fizzy, refreshing, and has a light, fruity taste. The flavor I bought is Blueberry Cherry and does not contain coconut water, but does have organic apple cider vinegar, something I love. Although the bottle says it may contain traces of alcohol, it isn’t detectable to me, either in flavor or effect. This product isn’t cheap, costing me $3.49 plus tax at my Manhattan Whole Foods. It isn’t really kefir, but it has four strains of live probiotics.
If you try it, let me know what you think.